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  1. We've been a pretty relaxed and eclectic homeschooling family until now but I've recently opened a business so we need to transition to a more structured homeschool/lifestyle. I'm not sure if what I'm looking for exists but I'd appreciate suggestions for an open-and-go curriculum that I can use with 3 kids ages 8, 6 and 4 (mostly to keep her occupied and included) so that we can all be doing the same thing at the same time but at each child's level, with minimal-to-no planning/prep from me. Is there anything remotely like this?
  2. Thank you all for your responses. Farrar, in typing out my op and earlier responses I was beginning to arrive at the same conclusion - back to basics, just go with the algorithm, and practice, practice, practice. She probably moves on too quickly from one topic to the next, before the first one is really ingrained. So maybe I can convince her to take a restorative break and then go back to basics and take it much slower with constant review. Thanks all!
  3. She can understand, explain, draw and compute any number multiplied by a single digit number. When it's multiple digits x multiple digits, she loses herself. There have been times when she has gotten it and successfully completed sheets of problems, only to forget how to do the same problems after she moves on to something else. She literally feels stupid. It doesn't help that she has some older and younger sibs who are naturals at math.
  4. DD13 is creative, really bright in so many ways, but math just isn't one of them. We've used many great resources: C-rods, Zacarro, Beast Academy, Kahn Academy, Math Mammoth, Life of Fred, lots of manipulatives and games, probably others. She has a hard time conceptually and she can't seem to retain much. She is S.U.P.E.R. self motivated and works really hard, keeps trying to find resources that will stick. Despite my telling her to take a break from formal math for a while (I believe in some white space for the brain), she does not want to "fall even further behind" and keeps plugging away. The problem is, I think this has been counterproductive and she has a subconscious block against anything called math. However, for a recent event, she constructed complex costumes out of cardboard for our entire family that involved lots of measurements, angles, proportions - without her realizing it, of course - and they were absolutely amazing! Ask her about angles or proportions and she'll say she doesn't understand them. She feels really bad about herself about this. (All this is internal; there is no external pressure here whatsoever). Any recommendations for figuring her out and providing math resources that she could be successful with? Edited to add: She has trouble starting all the way back from the multiplication algorithm (it's hit and miss), long division (also hit and miss, though she can do it with rods she doesn't see how the algorithm is representative), and adding/subtracting/multiplying/dividing fractions really frustrates her. She's not even up to percentages...
  5. DD12 has been pining away for her gymnastics class all summer and she just returned today only to discover a complete overhaul of the program and all new coaches and assistants. The assistants for her level have good gymnastics skills and she says they teach well but they're young and a little too cocky with their newfound authority (they come up through the program, so they were students just last year) so they're bossy, a bit aggressive and abrasive. After thinking it over out loud she decided she would like to continue in the program because she feels she can learn what she wants to learn and progress so she decided to take this on as a personal challenge to see if she can connect with her coaches in a way that will change the tone to a more positive one. She's looking to approach this formally, as part of her curriculum. Of course, after paying for the gymnastics classes money is tight, lol, so we're looking for resources that are free or nearly free. Websites, videos, great books, etc. Any suggestions?
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